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Is it safe to hook up a washer so it drains in a dry well instead of a cesspool?

Will that water in the washer get in the drinking water?

How likely is it that it will overflow and can there be an overflow where water from the ground gets in the washer?

I also was reading that having a washer connected to a dry well can cause biohazard fumes, is that true?

What else could happen or go wrong?

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  • 2 months ago

    I answered this question correctly, a couple of days ago.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Why bother? Look, in Grunt English "clothes have "shyte" on them. So let that stuff go with the other "shyte".  

    Most of the water in the washer is water.   That goes into the ground in the septic "field" and drains down and outward because of gravity. 

    A cesspool is like a septic tank in that sooner or later it will fill up with "solids" (like in 25 years) and then you need it pumped out.  Meanwhile all that extra water has been to China and back(no, most has evaporated as it will never go as low as your drinking water well.

    A dry well is meant for ground water like off a paved driveway.   Not additional water from the indoors. It is very shallow...just under the lawn. So reverse flow back into the house is more likely than anything else, and a flooded basement is not something you want to deal with.

    Just saying  DRY does not mean DRY.  It just means it is drier because it is higher than the cesspool and the well.  That is why it is not used as a recommended way to hook up plumbing.  The city would not pass it.

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  • 2 months ago

    that's bunk. as long as the dry well doesn't overflow, you're fine. and a washer uses only a few gallons/liters so that shouldn't happen

    Source(s): grampa
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  • y
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Start with your local bylaws first, some permit it and some do not.

    All of your questions can be yes or no, depending on the particular circumstances of your step up.

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  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Either way it will end up in the ground granted the drywell will do it faster.  A cesspool only keeps solid gray water goes into a drainage field.  Which of course soaks into the ground.  So yes if you on a well it could end up in it.  But it will have to be filtered by the dirt. But I'd be careful bout chemicals you put in ethier as they'll end up in the ground. 

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Depends where you are. You could be prosecuted if you are found to be contaminating a water course. That said w/m waste is graywater and you can design a system to make use of it, but it all depends on your local regs. 

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